November 17th – Weekly Photo Prompt

This is my contribution to this weeks photo prompt –  I thought I would tie it to the earlier poem ‘When You Were Mine‘ it’s part of something larger I’m working on. If there’s nothing on T.V. and it’s too wet to go out, you can catch a  segment of it here.

Hopefully the poem stands alone anyway.


Stolen in the moonlight,

As dawn lay still in slumber,

Starlight tinted witnesses,

To a life they pulled asunder.

Shadowed arms that bound,

And breath that turned to ice,

As the devil whispered softly,

You will not fool me twice.


Empty blanket cradled,

A scent that lingered still,

A promise that I’d find you,

And a love they could not kill.

Seasons followed blindly,

The earth still turned anew,

No stone was left uncovered,

My desperate search for you.


I prayed that I would find you,

Still alive and well and free,

But feared the Devil’s maiden,

Had you slain to punish me.

Were you but the ghost breath,

Of the lost, forgotten few,

A silver threaded memory,

On a woven morning dew.

About helenmidgley

Helen Midgley likes to think of herself as a cross between Dawn French and Kate Moss. She has been in the witness protection programme for a number of years and once lived in Brighton as a bearded mechanic called Dave! Her current incarnation is as a part-time Journalism & Media tutor at a small FE College in Yorkshire. She has survived cancer, dandruff and athlete’s foot and has a penchant for black humour and red wine.

10 comments on “November 17th – Weekly Photo Prompt

  1. Reblogged this on helen midgley and commented:

    Here is my latest prompt piece for the fabulous Community Story Board. There are some really great pieces to read. Please take a look over there, read through and submit yourself. it’s a great community.

  2. This is lovely. The photo is breathtaking. And your poetry – as always. 😉

  3. Helen, this story is tugging at my heartstrings – you must write more!! The poem is beautiful – I love how you wove the picture into the poem/story.

  4. Wonderful, Helen. Absolutely wonderful.

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